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Scottish Liberal Democrats: Spike in number of children in temporary accommodation

January 17, 2017 12:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

The Scottish Liberal Democrats today said the SNP Government's decision to abandon more ambitious housing policies has contributed to a rise in the number of children in temporary accommodation, after new figures showed a 17% year-on-year increase.

Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Caron Lindsay commented:

"The rising number of children living in temporary accommodation is a symptom of Scotland's housing crisis. The Scottish Government has let these children down by failing to meet its own targets for building houses for social rent.

"A child without the safety and stability of a permanent home is missing out on the best possible start in life and the Government cannot allow this to continue.

"That's why Scottish Liberal Democrats want to see the number of affordable homes increase by 50,000 over this Parliament, with 40,000 of these available for social rent rather than purchase. This would make a big difference as we seek to ensure that every child has a safe and stable home."